I love buttons. I get excited seeing a jar of random buttons, all the colours and shapes. I wonder what the buttons were on before they landed in my possesion. I wonder how old they are, what their purpose was etc. It’s a strange obessesion really and this morning I found a reason to get my buttons out to use them. :)
I had received a bunch of clothes from a friend, for my daughter. one of the items in the bag was a pair of plain white tights. My daughter wore them the very next day and promptly put a hole in them.
I let her wear them for a while like that and then decided today, as I was doing some mending, that perhaps I should attempt to fix them. Embellished tights are really popular on the runways right now, though I have yet to really see them on anyone in the normal world. I felt this would be the perfect thing to fix the hole in the tights and to use my buttons. I googled embellished tights first to get some inspiration. Cocorosa’s tutorial had caught my eye a few months back and it was one of the top hits when I did my google search. Park and Cube has a cute one too.
Anyhow, I gathered my materials:
Parker’s tights with the hole in them
thread and needle
plastic water bottle
I started by sorting out the buttons I wanted to use. I have a thing for green and pink right now and I had lots of those button colours so I sorted them out and put the rest away for another day.
In order to start mending the hole I needed something hard to put in the leg of the tights so that it would stretch it out a bit as well as keep me from stitching through both layers of the leg. This is where the water bottle came in. I put it in the leg of the tights where I wanted to put the buttons. Then I threaded my needle, made a knot and started stitching on buttons.
Once I finished mending the hole and had more buttons on the leg I decided to have my daughter try them on so I could see how it was looking. I then marked some more spots to put buttons.
And voila! Tights are as good as new and they look pretty cool too!